Office on African American Affairs

Office of Equity

Making the County's Health & Racial Equity Vision a Reality

Advancing Health Literacy Project Listening Sessions

In partnership with the City of Milwaukee Office of African American Affairs, we are facilitating a series of listening sessions to create a community health tool kit. We also want to discover how ethnic minority residents, including those who were affected by COVID-19, respond to messages and resources. We're seeking volunteers who are willing to share their personal experiences at our next session on Monday, June 12. Volunteers will be paid a $100 stipend for attending. To learn more about the Advancing Health Literacy Project and be a participant, read and complete this form.

Focus Areas

The Milwaukee County Office of Equity (OOE), formerly the Office on African American Affairs, brings a higher level of leadership, expertise and accountability to advance the county’s strategic goals of creating intentional inclusion, bridging the gap and investing in equity to help fulfill this vision. It provides advice, guidance and technical assistance to county leaders, divisions, boards and commissions, and municipalities to analyze policies, programs and initiatives to advance a more equitable community – one in which race no longer predicts health and quality of life outcomes but rather these outcomes improve for everyone.

OOE defines racial equity as the just and fair inclusion of people of color in a society where all people can participate, prosper and reach their full human potential. OOE makes this definition operational by:

  • Building the capacity of county leaders, departments and municipalities
  • Socializing shared language, definitions and concepts to apply a racial equity lens to all decision making
  • Engaging county residents
  • Facilitating the collective impact to assess and transform policies, practice and power structures to make Milwaukee a region where every citizen is welcomed, healthy and thriving

Service Areas

OOE’s focus is spread across four service areas with dedicated staff positions:

Health & Racial Equity

  • Provides direct support and partnership to Milwaukee County leaders, departments and municipalities in identifying and remedying inequitable policies, processes and practices within and across the County and supporting internal and external and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Research & Policy

  • Conducts equity policy analysis and building equity policy assessment capacity within departments and municipalities to drive countywide and regional equity research and policy advocacy initiatives.

Community Resilience

  • Develops standard practices and frameworks for community engagement, and leading and supporting countywide community outreach initiatives and strategic partnerships with an emphasis on communities of color and vulnerable populations across Milwaukee County.

African American Affairs

  • The Milwaukee 2022 budget expanded the scope of the Office of African American Affairs to become the Office of Equity and creating its first Chief Equity Officer. With the expansion, Milwaukee County’s commitment to African American residents and communities remains a top priority.
  • OOE provides targeted outreach and community capacity building focused on examining, defining and addressing issues central to the rights and needs of African Americans across Milwaukee County. Learn about its new Strengthening African American Families Imperative.
  • OOE’s offices are in the heart of Milwaukee’s predominantly African American Harambee community on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Clarke Street. In addition to housing staff, it also serves as an outreach facility targeted to African American residents where they can engage directly with county departments and services year-round.

Indaba Nights, June 7- August 30 (Wednesdays), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

St. Ann Intergenerational Center, 2450 W. North Avenue

Enjoy the music and vibes at Indaba Nights, hosted by St. Ann’s Intergenerational Center. Meet representatives from the Milwaukee County Office of Equity (some nights may include members from other Milwaukee County departments), learn about current projects or ask Milwaukee County related questions.


McGovern Night Out with Supervisor Sequanna Taylor, Wednesday, June 14

McGovern Park, between N. Sherman Blvd. and N. 51st St. along Silver Spring Dr.

Begin your summer with family friendly fun! Plus learn how to tap in to fun and engaging activities for all ages activities plus tap into resources that will keep you and your family happy, healthy and thriving! The Milwaukee County Office of Equity and other Milwaukee County Departments will be present to share information and answer your questions.


Juneteenth Day Parade & Celebration, Monday, June 19, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“I am Juneteenth” is the theme for the 52nd Annual Juneteenth Day Parade and Celebration. Milwaukee County Office of Equity is among this year’s sponsors. Cheer on “Team Milwaukee County” in the parade. Stop by our booth as part of the “Milwaukee County Village” along King Drive. Parade Route: 14th Street and Atkinson Avenue to Locust Street and King Drive. Festival: Between Concordia Avenue and Center Street on King Drive. Get more details here.


MKE5K2023 Men’s Walk/Run, July 8 starting at 8:30 a.m., Deer District at Juneau and King Dr.

Join the Milwaukee County Office Equity and register for MKE5K23 Men’s Walk/Run on Saturday, July 8 at starting at 8:30 a.m. The MKE5K23 encourages and supports men of color in the pursuit of health lifestyles. Click here to sign up or create a team.



2578 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212

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